Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform has issued a Report on a plot to make billions of dollars by selling Saudi Arabia sensitive American nuclear technology that could allow the Kingdom to develop nuclear weapons. The scheme required breaking US law, which forbids technology transfers that might allow nuclear proliferation.
This scheme is the ultimate in criminality, where US government resources (remember the Manhattan project?) are given away to another government by the white collar criminals now running the US government so that they can scoop up private massive fortunes rivaling those of the richest persons in the world such as Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates.
Trump, Israel, Australia, UK, and France wonder why the rest of the world is so pissed (ODT)
Some 85,000 children under the age of five may have died of acute malnutrition during the last three years of war in Yemen, the United Kingdom (UK)-based Save the Children announced yesterday.
“The number is equivalent to the entire under-five population in the UK’s second largest city of Birmingham,” Save the Children added.
American Ethics on Display (ODT)
US President Donald Trump has signalled his administration will not seek any further sanctions against Saudi Arabia following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.
Trump, instead, said his top priority is preserving America’s “steadfast” alliance with the kingdom.
“It’s not surprising at all, but there is something extra evil about ordering the death of a bunch of people who tortured and murdered a dissident on your orders while you pretend you had nothing to do with it.”
In his first comment on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the murder as “horrendous” but defended the Saudi royal family and described its members as “friends”.
Saudis have learnt from Trump and Fox News just yell “fake news” hard and for long enough and a good bit of policing and you will get the support of your people and some from outside as well. After all Trump is onside. (ODT)
In Saudi Arabia, major media outlets have cast the disappearance and apparent murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a foreign conspiracy to denigrate the image of the kingdom. The media accounts, which come from outlets run with the backing of Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf monarchies, are spinning the coverage of Khashoggi’s disappearance as a plot by rival governments and political groups to hurt the kingdom — going so far as to make false claims about the Washington Post’s owners.
As the US influence in the Middle East wanes, it increasingly associates itself with dictatorships like Saudi Arabia, whose “dark face” and “role in supporting terrorism is known to everyone in the region,” a high ranking Iranian Revolutionary Guard official told RT.
Militants in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo continue to receive help from foreign powers that support the forces opposing President Assad’s troops, the Financial Times reports. That’s despite Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists forming a large part of the opposition.
Islamic State has been able to infiltrate Saudi Arabia through digital recruiting, and it has found devotees willing to kill fellow Sunnis, as well as Shiites, to destabilise the monarchy.
We cannot defeat IS without defeating Wahhabi theology. And that means spending just as much effort defending liberal ideas.
The West should take the horrific occasion of the Paris attacks to reconsider its acquiescence in Saudi priorities for Syria and the Middle East. From the vantage point of Riyadh, the great danger emanating from the Middle East is the spread of Iranian influence.
Abd al-Wahhab argued that all Muslims must individually pledge their allegiance to a single Muslim leader (a Caliph, if there were one). Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessions confiscated, he wrote. The list of apostates meriting death included the Shia, Sufis and other Muslim denominations, whom Abd al-Wahhab did not consider to be Muslim at all. There is nothing here that separates Wahhabism from ISIS.
‘Forgive me if I see Tony Abbott’s trumped up fear and warmongering for what it is — the last ditch attempts of an unpopular prime minister to gain some support in a country that is sick of his political posturing. It’s the George Dubya Bush school of crisis management — concoct a war, ramp up the terror and let fear and loathing for the unseen enemy unite the country behind he who so bravely leads the charge.’ Sophie Love
Saudi Arabia Our Allies Beheaded 79 people in 2013 foreigners were amongst them
And because we are so isolated in our own homes, cars, and offices, it is easy to convince the vast majority that there is a terrible terror threat ‘out there’. That we are under attack.
That “they hate us” and want to bring us down. In February 2003. Over a million people could see that Bush and Blair’s considered oratory and fear mongering was a web of lies, masking simpler and more sinister political and private industry needs. The same people are falling for the LNP spin and rhetoric. Have we learned nothing?
Wake up, my friends, this is just the last ditch efforts of a floundering government to win friends and influence people. Don’t be a patsy to their political bravado. Watch what the other hand is doing. Sophie Love
ISIS are a long way from here. Quite frankly we have more to fear crossing the road or driving our cars. The current Government seems to want to close our open and generous hearts with all the rhetoric about the threat to our shores, the terror threat, the budget emergency… fear and loathing in Australia.
The Australia I chose 27 years ago was one of hope, open hearts, open minds and welcoming arms. Please don’t change… Sophie Love